Judge sets hearing for DNA testing request

A judge has scheduled a hearing to take up a request for additional DNA testing in the case of a man who was convicted of rape and robbery in Lansing.

A judge has scheduled a hearing to take up a request for additional DNA testing in the case of a man who was convicted of rape and robbery in Lansing.

Gregory Mark George Jr., 40, is serving a prison sentence for charges of rape, aggravated robbery and aggravated intimidation of a witness.

Medical experts skewer coroner’s ruling in baby’s death as convicted woman seeks new trial

Two child neurology specialists said over and over Friday in Douglas County District Court that the coroner’s conclusion about how a baby boy died at a Eudora home day care was medically impossible.

Therefore, the caregiver recently found guilty of murdering the infant has been wrongly convicted and should get a new trial, her lawyer argued.

“The jury in this case was deceived by false testimony by an expert,” attorney William Skepnek said. “Dr. (Erik) Mitchell was telling a story that he made up, that was not supported by any medical authority.”

KU Law School helps exonerate man wrongly convicted for doppelgänger's crime

Richard Jones says the only word he can find to describe the feeling he had when he was released from prison is “surreal.”

With the assistance of the Paul E. Wilson Project for Innocence at the University of Kansas School of Law, Jones was exonerated in June 2017 after serving almost 17 years in prison for a crime he did not commit.

Man who wrongfully spent 17 years in prison in ‘doppelgänger case’ seeks $1.1 million

Nearly two decades ago, Richard A. Jones was convicted of aggravated robbery after being picked out of a lineup by witnesses who said he stole a cellphone in a Walmart parking lot in Kansas.

But while Mr. Jones, who maintains he is innocent, was serving his 19-year sentence at Lansing Correctional Facility, inmates told him he looked like a prisoner named Ricky.

That resemblance would eventually lead to his freedom.

Judge to review DNA request

A judge will decide whether to permit DNA testing in the case of a man who was convicted more than 10 years ago of robbing and raping a woman at a Lansing convenience store.

Gregory Mark George Jr. did not appear in court Friday for a status hearing. But attorneys appeared on his behalf in Leavenworth County District Court.

George, 39, is serving a prison sentence for charges of rape, aggravated robbery and aggravated intimidation of a witness.

Richard Jones spent 17 years in prison because he looked remarkably like an actual criminal

"Richard Jones spent 17 years behind bars all because he looked remarkably like another man, Ricky Amos. Richard’s worst nightmare came true when he was convicted of a crime he didn’t commit, simply because of eyewitness misidentification.

ABC News reported that Richard Jones’ conviction has now been overturned after the University of Kansas School of Law and the Midwest Innocence Project were able to uncover what’s now firmly believed to be a wrongful conviction."

Editorial: Noble work

"The University of Kansas School of Law is to be commended for its continued work on behalf of individuals who have been wrongfully convicted.

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Jones’ case is just the latest victory that the KU Project for Innocence can claim. Since 2008, the project has won more than 40 direct appeals, constitutional challenges and actual innocence cases. Among those successes was helping secure the release in 2015 of Floyd Bledsoe, who spent 16 years in prison for a murder that evidence showed his brother committed.

Kansas Inmate Freed After Doppelganger Found 17 Years Later

"Richard Jones spent 17 years in prison for a crime he has always insisted he didn't commit. Then attorneys discovered he had a doppelganger: a man who looked nearly identical to him and had a similar name.

On Thursday, Jones was released from prison after witnesses said they could barely tell the difference between the two men and no longer thought Jones was guilty.

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